38 Weeks

I just got back from my baby checkup.  Non-stress test was great.  Heartbeat strong and baby girl is very active.  My blood pressure is normal – 122/75.  I lost 2 more pounds. I weigh 149 now. I haven’t been eating that much because my stomach is too full of baby lol.  I really don’t have much swelling at all in my ankles, feet or hands.  My belly is still measuring at 38 weeks, so my belly measurement is right on track!  I know it’s just an estimate about baby’s size, but I’m glad that Josephine isn’t likely to be a big baby.

After the examination, the doctor said nothing has really changed.  He said I’m about 30 to 50% effaced, and only about 1 to 1 1/2 centimeters dilated.  I’m no where near the beginning of labor.  So we then discussed induction.  The doctor didn’t think it was necessary to induce me this week at 38 weeks gestation because baby is measuring good, and my blood pressure and blood sugars are perfectly normal.  So, next week, at 39 weeks we will schedule induction if I haven’t gone into labor naturally.  (I really don’t think I’ll go into labor on my own.)

So right now the plan of action is … Tuesday the 19th go in for a non-stress test.  Friday the 22nd go in for another non-stress test then have a follow-up with the doctor to check my cervix and see if there has been any progress with dilatation and effacement.  Then, if I’m still not close to labor,  we will schedule an induction for Tuesday April 26th!  On that date I will be 39 weeks and 5 days gestation.  Close to 40 weeks!  Yay!  If they’re ok with that, then I’m ok with that, too.  So, April 26th or 27th could be when Josephine makes her appearance depending on how long labor will last for me.  Still praying God will have me go into labor on my own before that, but whatever happens, happens.  Trusting in God, and praying that God gives my doctors the wisdom they need to keep me and baby girl safe.

38 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 38 weeks…

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Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the size of a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she’s born, but they usually won’t get “lighter” or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

 

So many things going on in my life right now.  Just a few days ago we listed our home for sale :(

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For my long-time blog readers, you may remember when I won a prize minivan in 2003.  I sold it and used the money for a fixer-upper home.  This home is so special to me.  I met my husband because of this home.  I learned just how strong and capable I am while fixing up much of this home on my own.  It took lots of blood, sweat and tears and strengthened my faith in God immensely.  I have grown so extremely fond of my neighbors and love them so much.  It has been heartbreaking to think I’ll be leaving this beautiful neighborhood.  We just need more space.  We have outgrown this home :(

I remember a video slideshow I made of before and after photos of my home after it was all finished.  I was watching this the other day and reminiscing about the journey I went through.  It will be so hard to let this home go.

 

This is Faith’s closet.  It is jammed packed with her things… and no room for Josephine’s things.  They will have to share the bedroom and it is tiny.

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Currently this is what our garage looks like.  It is filled with toys that don’t fit in Faith’s room, and filled with pantry items that don’t fit in the kitchen, and many other miscellaneous items that just have no place to put anywhere else.  We can’t even walk in the garage.

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Our home is only 1008 sq ft and now with a new baby on the way, we just need more room for another family member!  Now, there is a for sale sign in the front yard.  I’m looking at it right now while I sit here typing, and it hurts to look at it.  However, I know the Lord has something bigger planned for us!

Yes, lots of changes happening all at once.  Our home was officially listed today.  Here is the listing!

http://irmls.paragonrels.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=503d336f-7f14-4552-9e02-85ca2dc994f1&Report=Yes

I also made a new video slideshow of what our home looks like now.  Hopefully this will impress potential buyers to come take a look at it!

 

In the next week or two, I imagine several people will be coming to look at it… right around the same time I will be giving birth to our second daughter.  In a few weeks I’ll be walking on stage to get my degree in Early Childhood Education.  Life is a roller coaster right now.  I’m excited.  I’m a little scared.  Most importantly, I’m counting my blessings.

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